Language: The official language is Bahasa Malaysia. Other languages include Chinese and Tamil. English is common, particularly in urban and tourist areas, and is used in business.
Currency: The local currency is the Malaysian Ringgit.
Visa: South African passport holders do not require visas for Malaysia.
Time: GMT +8.
Malaysia has a tropical climate which is hot and humid all year, although it is cooler in the highland areas. Temperatures in Malaysia average at 30°C. The best times to visit Malaysia are November to January and June to August.
The thriving capital of Malaysia offers a unique blend of ancient Malaysian cultures and high-paced city life. A host of attractions lie await in this city, not least including fascinating markets, the Bird Park which houses hundreds of exotic bird species, the Orchid and Hibiscus Gardens where lush tropical blooms fill the air with delicate fragrance plus a host of entertainment and dining venues within the Golden Triangle. Day trips to neighbouring beach destinations such as Langkawi and Penang are also a must with these Eastern travel packages.
The duty free islands of Langkawi are a shopping haven and this combined with powdery beaches, clear waters and swaying nightlifemake them an idyllic choice for couples and families alike.
Penang is known for its Malaysian delicacies and is a fascinating mix of old-fashioned shops, colonial architecture, modern skyscrapers and wonderful beach resort areas like Batu Ferrenghi.